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Virginia Whittlesey, teacher

Virginia Whittlesey, a retired teacher and community volunteer, died of congestive heart failure March 29 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The former Roland Park resident was 90.

Born Virginia Markell King and raised in Bolton Hill, she was a 1940 graduate of the Bryn Mawr School and earned a degree in early-childhood education from Vassar College.

She made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillon.

During World War II she worked at a day care center for children of defense workers. She also taught at the Park School.

She married Dr. Philip Whittlesey, an internist, in 1952. They lived for many years on Overhill Road.

Mrs. Whittlesey joined the board of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, where she also served as a volunteer for more than 50 years.

She was also active in the League of Women Voters of Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins Club.

She enjoyed traveling with family members. She was also a voracious speed reader, family members said.

She retained her association with Vassar by serving, for many years, as a distributor of Vassar pecans.

No services are planned.

Survivors include her sons, Markell Whittlesey of Baltimore, John Theodore "Jock" Whittlesey of Falls Church, Va., Peter Christie Whittlesey of Farmington Hills, Mich.; a brother, J. Sydney King of Baltimore; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her husband of 51 years died in 2003.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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